Switzerland: Armed forces

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 Switzerland

Armed forces personnel

 Latest value 20,000
 Year 2020
 Measure people
 Data availability 1985 - 2020
 Average 26,655
 Min - Max 4,000 - 109,000
 Source International Institute for Strategic Studies
For that indicator, we provide data for Switzerland from 1985 to 2020. The average value for Switzerland during that period was 26655 people with a minimum of 4000 people in 2004 and a maximum of 109000 people in 2005. The latest value from 2020 is 20000 people. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 167 countries is 162240 people. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Switzerland - Armed forces - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Switzerland - Armed forces - historical chart - 1985-2020




Definition: Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Military spending 6.15 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Military spending, percent of GDP 0.76 2022 percent
 Military spending, percent of government spending 2.23 2022 percent
 Armed forces 20,000 2020 people
 Armed forces, percent of labor force 0.40 2020 percent
 Arms exports 175.00 2022 million U.S. dollars
 Arms imports 10.00 2021 dollars
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